Funding

Can start-up companies profit off one of the lowest paid professions: home-based child care?

For-profit companies want to fix the country’s child care system by helping low-wage child care workers better run their small businesses

When school districts can’t raise funds for facilities

In states where schools have to raise most of the money for buildings on their own, sharp inequities exist between districts with a strong tax base and those without

School districts are going into debt to keep up with technology

In Silicon Valley, cash-strapped schools are selling bonds to buy student laptops

Students move between floors at Whitmore Lake High School, a spacious facility that is under capacity as enrollment has steadily declined in recent years.

When school districts fall into debt and can’t get out

Students and communities often pay the price

Short on financial knowledge, some school districts get bad deals on bonds

Districts can fall prey to financial firms that put their own interests first

How rising teacher pension costs hurt school districts

States try to rescue their pension systems from bankruptcy, leaving less money for classrooms and teacher pay

School district secessions gather speed, a new report shows

Wealthy school districts are increasingly splitting from poorer, more diverse ones, accelerating resegregation

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participatory budgeting

What happens when students are given a say in school budgets?

New York City becomes the second school district to introduce students to participatory budgeting, allowing them to divvy up a slice of their school’s money

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

Fledgling state-funded pre-K shows strong signs of success in one southeast town, but nearly two out of three state students are still not ready for kindergarten

Fighting for Mississippi’s struggling 5-year-olds, one student at a time

As access to state pre-K lags, almost one in 10 Mississippi kindergarteners are still held back

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